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Art mystery girl revealed

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

Thanks to a Cornishman reader the young sitter from this Newlyn painting has been identified as Betty Pollard.

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THE mystery sitter from a Newlyn painting from the 1930s has been identified thanks to a Cornishman reader.

Last week we featured a photo of the Harold C Harvey painting The Yellow Blouse asking if anyone could identify the young sitter.

Malcolm Andrews, an art collector, was hoping to gain more information on the painting he bought in 2012.

Thanks to 93-year-old reader Clarence Wallis, the girl was identified as Betty Pollard who lived in Keel Alley.

Mr Wallis, who grew up in Newlyn, recognised the photo as a young Betty who he went to school with.

Jane MacKenzie, Mr Wallis's daughter, rang Mr Andrews with the news.

She said: "She sat for many paintings at the time. Artists came and asked her to do it. My father went to Tolcarne School with her. He thinks she moved to India or Africa. He hasn't seen her for about 20 years."

Mr Andrews said he wasn't expecting to get information about the painting so quickly.

"To be quite honest I thought it was a long shot. I am really surprised and of course delighted we have solved the mystery."

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